Dr. Larkin Hood earned her doctorate in anthropology from the University of Washington (UW) in 2007. Her work as a teaching and learning scholar stems from her 12 years of experience in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Her teaching experience includes courses large and small in cultural anthropology, archaeology, and interdisciplinary writing. Just prior to coming to Penn State she worked with UW faculty to create outreach programs in archaeology, cultural anthropology, geology, paleontology, zoology, botany, American Indian Studies, and art history.
Dr. Hood is interested in how informal education methods and theory can inform best practices in college classrooms. Some of her other research interests include the pedagogical aspects of undergraduate research, the roles and design of general education courses, and the roles of undergraduate students as teachers.